When I was a kid, to make a little extra spending cash in the summer, I used to do all kinds of odd jobs. Mowing lawns was the go to occupation. I had a few clients in the neighborhood for a few seasons. Painting was another good one. Delivering newspapers (when kids used to do it) was fun, but I only did that for a day as a fill-in for the regular kid, and I am sure I messed up his route big time. And if any of those jobs weren’t available for whatever reason, I could always fall back on picking strawberries at good ole’ Luttrell Farms.
One thing I never got the chance to do for money was SCUBA, mostly because I didn’t get certified until I was almost thirty! But if I had gotten the chance to dive for a paycheck, you can bet your bippy I would have done it in a heartbeat. Want to know what kind of summer jobs might be out there for a young certified diver (with the proper training)? Read on…
It might be grueling work and long hours, but if you are young and love to dive, then this might be the perfect way to earn some good money. How good? Depending on the species, and depending on the market that year, you could make $200 or more a day. I’ve read accounts of geoduck divers earning $20,000 in just a few hours. Of course that’s for experience divers, but you could become one if you go for it.
Become a Dive Instructor
Of course you would need to obtain the proper certifications, but that’s why this post is being written so early in the year. You have a few months to get your certs in order. Or you could get on with a local dive shop and become an assistant to the instructor. You won’t need the same level of certifications (divemaster) and you will still be able to get paid to be in the water.
This is a good job for people who love to dive, but be warned, it can be competitive. And difficult. Divers need to clean the bottom of a boat without damaging the paint, a tough task which requires knowledge of different boat paint coatings. Also, most marinas are fouled by murky waters, boat oil, chemicals, sea weed or pond weed making it a challenging and often hazardous occupation. The best way for a newbie to break into this industry is to get a job with an established hull cleaner.
Golf Ball Recovery
You might be saying, “Why didn’t I think of that!” Well, it turns out many others have thought about it. Retrieving lost golf balls from water traps is a 200 million dollar industry in the US. 200 million! And you should definitely get a piece of the action. Just be careful if you are looking for lost golf balls in Florida. Those gators can be voracious.
Sources: divenewswire.com | uncw.edu | leisurepro.com | jobmonkey.com